Scarlet March lives to hunt the Fenris--the werewolves that took her eye when she was defending her sister Rosie from a brutal attack. Armed with a razor-sharp hatchet and blood-red cloak, Scarlett is an expert at luring and slaying the wolves. She's determined to protect other young girls from a grisly death, and her raging heart will not rest until every single wolf is dead.
Rosie March once felt her bond with her sister was unbreakable. Owing Scarlett her life, Rosie hunts ferociously alongside her. But even as more girls' bodies pile up in the city and the Fenris seem to be gaining power, Rosie dreams of a life beyond the wolves. She finds herself drawn to Silas, a young woodsman who is deadly with an ax and Scarlett's only friend--but does loving him mean betraying her sister and all that they've worked for?
Sisters Red is one of those books that sounded cool, but I was wary about. First, it's a "retelling" of Little Red Riding Hood, and the majority of retellings I've read/watched weren't so great.
Second, most books with a synopsis like this can have the trouble of falling into one of two categories: too boring, or so much going on that the characters' voices suffer.
I'm VERY happy to say that Sisters Red broke all of the stereotypes I had in my head.
For some reason I wasn't expecting this book to be set in modern times, but I loved that it was. Scarlett and Rosie are completely fleshed out, and their relationship is completely believable. Scarlett is passionate about hunting the Fenris, almost to the point of obsession. Rosie hunts with Scarlett mainly out of obligation to her sister, although she feels that she may want more out of life.
Another thing I liked was the fact that I could sympathize with both girls. Neither of them seemed out of line with their wants and desires.
I love the cover! The black, red, and white definitely stands out, and it's perfectly representative of the story. It's currently the background on my cell phone.
Sisters Red is a great read for anyone. It has romance, action, humor, and a little more gore that I expected (go Jackson!). Definitely pick this one up when it comes out in June.
Also, Jackson has two companion books in the works. Sweetly, based on Hansel and Gretel, and Fathomless, based on The Little Mermaid. I can't wait!
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FTC: This book was provided free from the publisher for review. I made no money whatsoever on this review.
Friday, April 23, 2010
Posted by Travis at 10:13 PM